Note- this thread is not intended to be one of those ones where I give out useful information. It’s more just a bunch of thoughts that have been trapped in my mind for a while now. -End Note
As I’m sure most of you are aware there will be a livestream next week (Dec 8), with it’s primary purpose being to inform us on the upcoming changes in the next patch. Which is supposed to be really big and exciting mind you.
And while I am really exited to see that the we are getting patches and that someone still loves the game, and while i’m also extremely curious so to see what changes they make, there is that one shred of fear when it comes to the issue of character balancing. Particularly the balancing with Deande, hence, this thread is where it is.
I feel it’s safe to say that I am an above average player with the character, having played hundreds of matches with her alone and getting the vast majority of my PVP kills with her. I’ve also played with a lot of you people who are probably going to reply, so you know I know what I’m talking about when it comes to this character.
So my point to this whole thread is this: Deande, in no way shape or form, under any circumstances what so ever, NEEDS a buff. Now that’s not to say a buff wouldn’t be welcome, so long as it’s just that, and so long as it’s not so major that people flock to her in droves as the new “OP” character. She can be perfectly effective in the state that she is in if the player is willing to learn how to play her. And past a basic understanding of how she works you can generate a whole lot of salt from people who don’t know anything about Deande.
My sticking point: she’s effective where she is.
Numbers, however, might say otherwise. When someone less experienced with how she works tries to use her they tend to die a lot and not get very many kills. No offence to people who want to learn, I mean what better way to get into a character than actually playing them? But those early games can have “Man this character sucks” effect on people. I know. I’ve seen the deaths and heard the whining time and again. And I feel like any numbers that might get looked at up in GBX would portray that same “man this character sucks feeling”.
So what do they do? Buff. That’s great and fine and all, last patches buffs were perfect size. And I wouldn’t mind a few more things that size in areas that are important (cough, ult self stun at the end, cough). But I don’t want an overhaul or a rework or anything major.
Why, you may ask? Because Ghalt.
Okay hear me out on this, Ghalt got his stun removed, which was an essential part of playing him before the last patch. They did this to promote different types of gameplay instead of just the (hook+stun)team mates=kill formula. To compensate for the loss of the stun they buffed his primary damage (And did a few other things I can’t remember).
On the Deande side of things, there has been a scenario running through my head where gearbox decides Deande is too difficult for people to play, despite having the “advanced” tag. So they buff her. A lot. similar to what they did to Ghalt. Only they have to take something away to, right? because if they don’t then these straight buffs just make anyone who previously knew how to play her OP. And what ability that we all know and love is capable of delivering 1000+ damage? Burst dash. Now the game would be no fun if people could run around with “insta-active”, level 1 slowing, 12 second cool down burst dashes if a skilled player could exploit that to one shot enemies at full health and shields, now would it?
They nerf calculated risk.
And while they are at it they take away the vertical of drop kick because if such a strong character can escape like that it would also be OP.
In short she gets the Ghalt treatment, for a different reason though. She becomes something else. maybe a front line brawler-assassin that anyone can play? Maybe a pseudo pendles? Something that is less badass. Something that requires less skill. Something that I have less interest to play.
Of course this this is just my in my mind right now. All speculation. Just a scenario that I can’t get rid of in my head. If I was to be honest I have my doubts that they would do something so drastic, but hey, look what happened to El dragon. Of course I’ll keep an open mind, but just being my human self I am resistant to change.
In summary, just remember my sticking point: she’s effective where she is.
And GBX, please be careful.